THINGS YOU GET USED TO WHEN WORKING IN A MOSQUITO LAB

  1. Using your mouth to aspirate Mosquitos.
    By far the weirdest thing I've done for science. No mosquitoes have ever ended up in my mouth, there's a filter to prevent that.
  2. Biking frozen samples to another genetics lab so we can borrow their iPLEX machine.
    I'm the fastest biker/have the fastest road bike. I am designated mosquito taxi.
  3. Micro-pipetting
    There is a huge difference between one tiny droplet of DNA juice and another slightly tinier droplet of DNA juice.
  4. Several PhDs each armed with an electric bug swatter all chasing a single malaria mosquito around the insectary.
    It's pretty funny.
  5. Looking at pupae under a microscope to separate males/females.
    THEY ARE SO CUTE THEY HAVE LITTLE SHREK EARS